Homer was sniffing the catmint the other day, I took a snap but it’s not very good.The new toaster oven is just a tad bigger than the last one – enough so that my 12″ cast iron skillet will fit inside with the door closed. I celebrated by making a bigger batch of baked beans.Since the new toaster is also an air fryer we are having French fries more often. The leftover fried chicken comes out very well,too.The roasted chicken was done beer can style in the big oven, the fries were done in the air fryer. I tried to cook too many at one time because I didn’t want just a few frozen leftovers in the bag, A longer cooking time might have served this batch better but a few were starting to get rather toasty at the ends.We dropped Gabe off at the groomer and had a few hours to kill. I was stymied in my search for the box mix wild rice I prefer so went a few towns over and found some. Lunch was at a Chinese buffet over there that we found with a web search. It’s located in a dead shopping mall, when we walked in from the parking lot we were dismayed to see just a few patrons. We thought it was because the food sucked but it wasn’t that bad. It’s just that it is suffering because of the mall woes. I made coq au vin yesterday. It’s pretty easy but it does take a while. I broke down a whole chicken so I had the breasts in there, too. Usually I go with just chicken thighs but we were out of those. That’s a big ol’ breast atop the garlic mashed potatoes.Today I’m making chili with canned hominy instead of beans. I was tired of looking at that can in the pantry. There is nothing you can throw together in the kitchen that someone, somewhere, has not already done.Not sure if the upward stare is wistful or wishful. On the far left is the stump feeding station.